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Gala Dinner will feature author, former presidential advisor Clarke, MBA Legislator of the Year Costello

Nov. 1 Gala Dinner approaching quickly; purchase tickets soon

The MBA's Gala Dinner will feature keynote speaker Richard A. Clarke and honor state Rep. Michael A. Costello (D-Newburyport) as the MBA Legislator of the Year.

The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the InterContinental Hotel on Boston’s Waterfront. A 5:30 p.m. reception will be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the luxury hotel’s 10,500-square-foot Rose Kennedy Ballroom.

Clarke, a counterterrorism expert, former presidential advisor and bestselling author of “Against All Enemies,” served 11 consecutive years at the White House under seven presidents.

Currently chairman of Good Harbor Consulting LLC, Clarke advises clients on corporate-security risk management, information-security technology, dealing with the federal government on security and IT issues, and counterterrorism. He is also director of the Hart-Rudman Task Force on emergency responders.

As an on-air consultant with ABC News, Clarke offers insight into the global war on terrorism. He was most recently quoted in reports that speculated about Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts after appearing in a video distributed shortly before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

“He came up on this occasion to prove he’s alive, to taunt us and to take advantage of the 9/11 remembrance ceremonies to get some propaganda,” Clarke said on ABC News reports.

Clarke also commented about the need to step up efforts to remove al Qaeda hideouts in Pakistan, as well as attack al Qaeda’s presence on the Internet.

“The fact is, the northwest territories of Pakistan are now a sanctuary where people from around Europe and the Middle East come — they’re recruited — and they go into training camps just like they used to do in Afghanistan,” ABC News quoted him as saying.

Regarding al Qaeda’s Web-based efforts to recruit and inspire followers, Clarke said, “That’s where they do all of their effective recruiting. They’re very, very good at it.”

The U.S. government needs to shut down servers that host terrorist sites in this country and pressure governments in other countries to do the same. The United States could even borrow a tactic from cyber-terrorists and hack their Web sites and servers, Clarke said. While not as effective as shutting down the servers, Web attacks could also be effective if the United States devoted more effort to it.

“That’s kind of a ‘whack-a-mole’ game. If you take down one server [they] could put up another,” Clarke told ABC News. “That is a lot harder than it sounds, but it’s certainly not impossible. But, we’re not doing it."

Rep. Costello to accept Legislator of the Year Award

Costello will be presented the MBA’s Legislator of the Year Award, given to a state or federal legislator who has demonstrated distinguished public service through outstanding contributions to the legal profession, courts and the administration of justice.

“We are pleased to bestow Rep. Costello with this high honor at one of our signature events of the year,” said MBA President David W. White Jr.

According to White, Costello has been engaged in a number of matters of keen importance to the Massachusetts bar, including criminal law matters, bar advocate pay increases and improvements to the administration of justice.
Costello currently serves as the State Representative of the First Essex District. He was first elected to represent the City of Newburyport and the Towns of Amesbury and Salisbury in November 2002. Having served as a member of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary, Costello currently serves as a member of the House Committee on Ethics and chairs the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.



To purchase a ticket or reserve a table for the MBA Gala Dinner, download a form here, e-mail membership or call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530.

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